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Screw Keels

Postby Whickham » Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:18 pm

Anybody know what a Screw Keel is/was?

See for example: http://www.tynebuiltships.co.uk/R-Ships ... 31902.html

This one is also listed as R T C WEIGH KEEL NO 3 in the WSS Yard list.
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Re: Screw Keels

Postby northeast » Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:23 am

Isn't the answer at the end of the cutting ... nothing to do with a screw on the vessel (which was dumb) but taking out or placing some sort of 'screw mooring', presumably one literally screwed into the river bed?
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Re: Screw Keels

Postby Whickham » Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:49 am

Thanks George, never occurred to me that you would screw a mooring into the river bed, but then they were banging piles into there so why not screwing things in as well. I live and learn. Unfortunately I forget more than I learn.
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Re: Screw Keels

Postby northeast » Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:27 am

Could have been recycling all those old corkscrews discarded by Hebburn folk?
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Re: Screw Keels

Postby northeast » Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:31 am

Here y'are then, we live and learn, then forget

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Vpf ... ne&f=false
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Re: Screw Keels

Postby Whickham » Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:50 pm

Excellent, thanks George. Original TBS entry now updated.
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Re: Screw Keels

Postby Hornbeam » Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:38 pm

The ground anchors were a large Archimedes Screw if I remember correctly for the mooring buoys on the Tees.
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